Vamping is a phenomenon that has become very trendy among teenagers especially in the Covid-19 era.

Vamping teenagers tend to use their smartphones or computers, sending text messages during the night when their parents think that they are asleep in bed.

This phenomenon is called “vamping” because it makes teenagers like vampires, that just sleep during the day time. Some experts believe that vamping is a teenager rebellion against doing something that their parents tell them not to do.

There are negative effects on teenagers’ minds and bodies because there are not enough hours of sleep. Teenagers should get between eight and nine hours of sleep every night. If they don’t, they can feel tired and irritable, they can have difficulty on concentrating on their school homework, and they can have eye problems or become obese and depressed. The other problem is ‘peer pressure’, that is, the influence that other people of the same age and social group have on what you do. Many teenagers claim that they have started vamping in order to appear cool with their friends: sharing a photo, sending a tweet or a text message at 2 a.m. Others just cannot resist the temptation of having their tablets, smartphones or computers in their bedroom at night.

So what should parents do to combat vamping?

They should set a good example and stop using their own electronic gadgets at 10 o’clock at night. They should encourage their children to keep tablets, laptops and smartphones out of the bedroom. They should also explain the long-term health risks related to vamping. They should realise that teenagers need time and space to interact with people of their own age. That is how they work out who they are and what they want to do.

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